Over 60 young athletes, dozens of police officers and other volunteers filled the Pickering Recreation Complex on Saturday at the 18th Annual Durham Regional Police Disabled Games.
Police Chief Kevin McAlpine, Deputy Chief Rod Piukkala, DRPA President Doug Cavanaugh and Police Services Board Vice Chair Kevin Ashe officially opened the games with the snip of a ribbon and with the help of Steve Pineau, an 18-year-old Whitby citizen who was voted as the VIP athlete from last year's Games.
Once again, the focus was on fun as six teams from Durham Region and one Variety Village team from Toronto tested their skills on the basketball court, on the rugby field and in other skill competitions.
Special guests included Jim Shaw of Newcastle, Ontario, current holder of the world discus record in Paralympic competition and gold medal shotput athlete. Also, Ontario Minister of Finance, the Hon. Janet Ecker dropped by to hand out some awards. She represents the riding of Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge as the M.P.P. Also on hand was Pickering Mayor Wayne Arthurs who participated in one of the rugby games. Oshawa Optimist Club President Lynn Dunstall was thanked for her Club's outstanding support by organizers Sgt. Henry Otter and Cst. Brendan Kennaley.
A special moment took place in the morning when former Games athlete Laura Zutall of Bowmanville presented retired Sgt. Stew Giffen with a framed Games T-Shirt in recognition of his continued support of the Games. Sgt. Giffen founded the Games in 1985 and retired from the DRPS this year.
Local radio personality Terry Johnston served as master of ceremonies and ensured everyone in attendance had a great time.
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Optimist Lynn Dunstall Thanked (JPG file, 106.5K bytes)
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